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Hidden Figures - Friendship 7 lithophane. Used Meshmixer. Ton of pure trial and error. Has to be a better way to emboss/engrave an image on an irregular surface with precision and control of depth/thickness.
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I know some of you are educators or interested in how 3D printing can be used for education. Construct3D conference at Duke University, May 5-7.

Construct3D: Academic 3D Printing Conference

Here is the press release for the Construct3D conference. Some great keynote speakers including Pam Moran and Ira Sokol from Albemarle. I'm helping with planning and will try to answer any questions you have.

Registration is now open for the first national academic 3D printing conference, Construct3D 2017, which will bring together leaders and educators in the digital fabrication discipline of 3D printing for a comprehensive overview of this rapidly expanding area of research and development. The conference is sponsored by Ultimaker, a leading open source 3D printer manufacturer, and Autodesk, Inc., the software provider for people who make things, and will be hosted at Duke University from May 5-7, 2017 at the JB Duke Hotel.

The Construct3D 2017 conference will be a meeting of educators, pioneers, and industry leaders who actively use 3D printing in their work, with the aim of highlighting and cultivating the role of this technology as it contributes to academic and research achievement. As the most recent element of digital fabrication to be widely adopted across the full range of educational contexts, 3D printing offers unprecedented opportunities for education pioneers to break new ground and help shape the trajectory of implementation and intentions around this technology for the coming years. The aim of this conference is to raise the level of discourse and deepen the value of this technology for all of those engaged in this practice through a series of keynote talks, educator and technology innovator presentations, context-specific track activities, and hands-on workshops and demonstrations.

During this debut year, the conference will include a superstar lineup of keynote presentations, one for each of the three educator contexts represented by the event:

Skylar Tibbits, 4D printing innovator, founder and co-director of MIT's Self-Assembly Lab will present the University Educator Keynote.
Dale Dougherty, the Maker Movement's most passionate and warm-hearted proponent, instigator of both MAKE: Magazine and wide global network of Maker Faire events, founder and CEO of Maker Media, Inc., will present the Informal Educator Keynote.
The K-12 Educator Keynote will be co-presented by Albemarle County Public School's dynamic Pam Moran, Superintendent, and Ira Socol, Director for Innovation and Learning Technology.
"We believe that there has never been a better time to bring together thought leaders and practitioners in this evolving field under one roof to share stories of successes and challenges with this technology," said Conference Co-Chair Chip Bobbert, digital media engineer at event founding sponsor Duke University.

Over the next few decades, the entire digital fabrication field is expected to shift into a central position in academic and educational curriculum. Advances in 3D printing in the last year alone have brought digital practices around 3D making and fabrication into more classrooms and instructional contexts than ever before. However, many of these developments have only been recognized locally or within particular disciplines. Construct3D 2017 aims to exchange these advances beyond the silo, to accelerate adoption and exploration of this important area.

"Construct3D 2017 offers an unprecedented opportunity for university faculty, K-12 educators, and informal education leaders to learn from each other and share best practices, which means that everyone attending will leave with new skills, new perspectives and deeper connections to other practitioners throughout North America," said Conference Co-Chair Lizabeth Arum, educational strategist at event founding sponsor Ultimaker.

For more information on the conference and ways to participate, see the conference Web page at:

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My slides from presentations on Makerspace Makeover: The Director's Cut (inside story of our US Department of Education -CTE Makeover Challenge win) and Digital Fabrication in the Classroom (cutting plotters, 3d printers, laser cutters, CNC and more). Also includes a selection of great tweets showing the incredible interaction of participants during the sessions. One participant already went back and started a new mobile makerspace at their school!

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Ink Your 3D Prints: Bring color to your models with alcohol based inks. Tutorial and videos

Post-processing technique that I've been working on and wanted to share. 
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Detail shots of @Dutchmogul model printed on @ultimaker 2 w/ 0.25mm nozzle
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Hippo Birthday Card w/mini-maker notebook design process. #makered

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The Hour of Code Kickoff Party was incredible with an energetic and engaged crowd committed to introducing coding to students. Educators across Virginia are using Hour of Code as an opportunity to bring awareness & excitement about coding into classrooms. Help spread the word about #HourOfCode during Computer Science Education Week December 7-13. (Or any other time too.)
Find resources at

Tweet your peers @vste #HourOfCode #hackvste to ask questions or share your Hour of Code story.

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Thinking about starting a Makerspace but don't have the funding or know where to start?

Here is a free Makerspace Starter Kit

Visit the VSTE Hackerspace in the Shenandoah area to learn more about hands on learning for your students.
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